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    Is Austin, TX the SS Capital of the World?

    I was in Austin this weekend for SXSW. Man, what a set of shows; It's my first SXSW since 2005, and not only did the thousands of bands blow my hair back, but the huge volumes of SS bikes all over the city.

    I took a ride around White Rock Lake here in Dallas and counted 3 SSers including myself, and two of them were 29ers. I counted one guy on fixed gear.

    In Austin, I guess you're not cool if you don't ride SS, because nearly every bike I saw was a bare bones fixie or SS. It was very cool; I love how every city has it's own cycling personality. If you get a chance to go to Austin, make sure bring your bike!

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    yes we are. and yes SXSW was awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yo!
    I was in Austin this weekend for SXSW. Man, what a set of shows; It's my first SXSW since 2005, and not only did the thousands of bands blow my hair back, but the huge volumes of SS bikes all over the city.

    I took a ride around White Rock Lake here in Dallas and counted 3 SSers including myself, and two of them were 29ers. I counted one guy on fixed gear.

    In Austin, I guess you're not cool if you don't ride SS, because nearly every bike I saw was a bare bones fixie or SS. It was very cool; I love how every city has it's own cycling personality. If you get a chance to go to Austin, make sure bring your bike!
    I guess you haven't hit Flagstaff yet.................

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    I should have, I went to the U of A!

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    SS capital of the world??? I wouldn't care which ever city got that status if I was lucky enough to attend SXSW.

    Me jealous.

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    the benefits of living in a flat area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    the benefits of living in a flat area.
    I'm confused, are you being facetious?.....Austin is a single speeder's dream/nightmare....it's Texas Hill Country

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yo!
    I'm confused, are you being facetious?.....Austin is a single speeder's dream/nightmare....it's Texas Hill Country
    'hills' ain't 'mountains'

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    Make a trek up to chilly Minneapolis, you'd be blown away by the SS bike love even in the heart of winter. Never been to Austin but Uptown, Mpls is stock full of fixies.

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    Hahha fair enough. I'm sure (((N))) will chime in at some point....

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    You might check out portland OR as well. Haven't been to austin but from what I've heard they are quite similar except for the weather and cowboys. Funky, artist type towns with huge bike culture and local music scene. Lots of fixie/SS in portland as well.

    But seriously, the world? What about holland? What about china?

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    ha - I joke (a little) ...

    a trip on the 'way back' machine - - - I remember racing Rocky Hill Ranch, Kerrville (further south) and Cameron Park (just north). I used to think this was climbing until I moved to the SCM (Santa Cruz Mountains). now i typically do 3500ft+ of climbing during a 15 mile day

    it's all about perspective (and a 34x19 =)
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    Hahha no way the world....but I guess since I'm in a city with a fledgling riding culture, getting to Austin had me shellshocked on the ss/fixie craze.

    And Felton, sounds like you'd soundly whoop my ass on a ss climb.

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    ss capital? just look for the biggest hippie town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    the benefits of living in a flat area.
    Nothing worse than flat ground on a singlespeed.

    That's the only time I wish I had gears.

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    i live in austin and ride a ss on the trails, not the streets. it's true: lots of people ride fixed gears on the streets. it's a hipster thing i think. i might be wrong. who knows? as for the hills versus the mountains: obviously, there are no mountains here in austin, but the hills on the trails i ride are rocky and can be very tough on a single speed (my gearing is 32:17). it's not easy to maintain your momentum on these hills. that's the problem i often have anyway. it helps to have explosive power on these hills.

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    i wish austin was not in my state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_slacker
    You might check out portland OR as well. Haven't been to austin but from what I've heard they are quite similar except for the weather and cowboys. Funky, artist type towns with huge bike culture and local music scene. Lots of fixie/SS in portland as well.

    But seriously, the world? What about holland? What about china?


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    we have tons in the west MI area. pretty much any ride i go on i see at least one other SS, often a 29er
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    Rolling your eyes about portland or about other countries having more SS?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Diesel

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtdirt223
    i wish austin was not in my state.
    Hey hey, another Dallasite. What don't you like about Austin?

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    There are a lot in Austin. Well lots of fixed gear road bikes. Every bike I see? Out of every 10 bikes I see in Austin I bet 3 are fixed gears, 5 are Road bikes, and 2 are MTBs. Out of every 10 MTBs I see maybe 1-2 are SS.

    It also depends where in the city you are. Around downtown there are a ton of fixies.

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    I've never really understood the SS craze...some of the folks around here have a serious "I'm the s**t attitude, because they ride a SS". If I want to ride a SS I just put my bike in the appropriate gear and don't shift. I guess it is nice for the simplicity of it.

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    Not the same. Chainline issues, deraileur path, chain slack, temptation to shift, weight of all that junk, etc.... Half the geared riders you talk to about SS say the same thing, myself included before I switched.

    Its nice exactly because of simplicity. Like your BMX bike when you were a kid. I think SS's are the ****. Anyone who thinks they're the **** BECAUSE they ride an SS was a douchebag before they took it up.

    Quote Originally Posted by larlev
    I've never really understood the SS craze...some of the folks around here have a serious "I'm the s**t attitude, because they ride a SS". If I want to ride a SS I just put my bike in the appropriate gear and don't shift. I guess it is nice for the simplicity of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_slacker
    ...I think SS's are the ****. Anyone who thinks they're the **** BECAUSE they ride an SS was a douchebag before they took it up.
    nicely put - right on!

    and yes - the simplicity of riding a single geared bike cannot be duplicated by simply not shifting gears on a geared bike. the quiet factor for one - I ride up on so many more critters on the SS than on my FS ...
    (of course, living in Big Cat country, that may not be such a good thing =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Felton_Flyer
    nicely put - right on!

    and yes - the simplicity of riding a single geared bike cannot be duplicated by simply not shifting gears on a geared bike. the quiet factor for one - I ride up on so many more critters on the SS than on my FS ...
    (of course, living in Big Cat country, that may not be such a good thing =)

    Very funny....similar thing happened to me just yesterday.

    I was riding past this person's side yard and their White German Shepherd was sleeping, off lead, no fence. I cruised right on by and that dog didn't so much as flinch.

    How funny is it when you approach pedestrians and they catch you in the periphery last minute and jump?

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    I understand the differences with chainline, noise level..etc. I was just referring to the skill and technical ability required when stuck in one gear climbing and descending.

    I will give props to those who climb the same hills I do while riding a SS. I have ridden one and you definetly get a workout like no other....your climbing skills better be on when your riding one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weather
    ss capital? just look for the biggest hippie town.
    None of the hippies in Flagstaff ride bikes...they all drive cars with "save the planet" bumper stickers.

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    No good

    I hear ya! I was at SXSW too, and kept pissing off the person I was with because I would go outside of the convention center to look at all the bikes, and single speeds specifically. I also live by White Rock Lake, and rarely see any single speeds, so you saw more than I do. Usually it is a bunch of snobby roadies.
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    Until you have a SS World Champion living there I'll have to say No. The go-cart racing was rigged.
    Authorities speculate that speed may have been a factor. They are also holding gravity and inertia for questioning.

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    Check it...

    http://www.mashsf.com/videos.php

    Stand on any corner of Market Street any time of the day in San Francisco and start counting....
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    Austin is infested with hipsters on fixed-gear bikes. it's more of a fashion obsession there.

    Austin is also the Mecca of BMX. lots of good trails. go find the most recent edition of Dig magazine.

    Austin has some pretty wicked steep hills for an urban area. it's not mountains and it's not SF, but riding some of those hills seems awful. try climbing from the capital to Oltorf on a road-geared SS bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyb
    Check it...

    http://www.mashsf.com/videos.php

    Stand on any corner of Market Street any time of the day in San Francisco and start counting....
    Those videos are sick! How about the one of the guy Garret just sliding his fixie?

    Man, I never saw anyone ride a fixie like that....it makes me appreciate it more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yo!
    Those videos are sick! How about the one of the guy Garret just sliding his fixie?

    Man, I never saw anyone ride a fixie like that....it makes me appreciate it more.
    wow! pretty sweet seeing Garret drop Lance like a bag of rocks =)
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    I have to say Bloomington is. I see hundreds every single day...all red/white/black with coaster brakes and either mongoose or schwinn depending on the year with a few Roadmasters still around.
    SS is like beer...its an acquired taste.

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    I'd say:


    Attend any MTB event in western NC...



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    I counted about 30 SSers at the starting line this morning at the Warda race. Biggest SS field I've seen yet. Keeps getting faster it seems, too. Every time I ride the Greenbelt, I see several other SSers. I think it's growing everywhere. As previously noted, fixies in Austin are basically designer jeans.

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    direneed, did you race ss today at warda? you're right. there was a huge ss class, and it was fast. i live right off the greenbelt and ride it a couple times a week. i usually don't see many ss.

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    Yes, I've done every TMBRA race in the SS category thus far this season. Trying to hit them all. I ride a Brown Trek 69er, btw. Even though it's technically a Sport category, it's mostly Expert and a few Pros in the SS category. I really enjoy getting to race against the tough competition, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_slacker
    Rolling your eyes about portland or about other countries having more SS?
    Rolling my eyes at how people think cowboys are all over the place in Texas. Especially Austin.

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    Ever been to any dutch city? They are crowded with singlespeeds. Something like one in every four bikes.

    I should say that it's the stadsfiets variety. But hey it's a singlespeed! So Austin may very well not be the singlespeed capital of the WORLD...



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